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26 December 1999

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Usher in the millennium with world music   New
A radio station from California will webcast a 24-hour programme that highlights the music of each land as it enters the millennium    More

Master lost in synth foliage   New
Madhosh, Ghulam Ali's latest ghazal album, is ruined by tinsel synthesizer sounds    More

Rahman excels for a 'fan of melody'
Madhuri's goodbye film? It's sure to be one of her last, if not her last. Musically, Rajkumar Santoshi's Pukar brings out a hitherto hidden Rahman, who says he owes it to the freedom afforded by a director who loves melody    More

Who's singing in Chennai? Click here to listen live!  New broadcasts on the Net full-length concerts from the Madras music season. It even receives song requests from browsers and passes them on to performing musicians    More

Urmila in 'Dillagi' An embarrassment of riches
Dillagi, Sunny Deol's directorial debut, has eight music composers and twice as many singers. Nusrat Fateh Ali stands out in an otherwise ordinary album    More

Kuvempu classic on screen  Review update
Kuvempu's story, B V Karanth's music, Girish Karnad's direction: Kaanuru Heggadithi is drawing enthusiastic crowds wherever it is released. The Kannada film will represent India at the next international film festival too    More

Baba's like Birbal and Tenali Rama The crackpot who's actually a jackpot
Baba Sehgal's irreverence in Abb Main Vengaboy spares neither Michael Jackson nor Amitabh Bachchan. Like Salman Rushdie, he picks up speech idiosyncrasies to caricature his characters into instant life    More

Giant of American musical theatre
Someone to Watch Over Me showcases George Gershwin rather than jazz, which is as it should be. Some pieces may not really be great jazz, but the album is still a fitting tribute    More

A still from 'Hey Ram' Hey Ram! From violins to non-violins
After he fell out with L Subramaniam, Kamala Hasan has brought in Ilaiyaraja as the music composer for his ambitious film on Gandhi    More

Coming for a coffee?  Special report
That's what Mumbai's music lovers say when they go out to buy music. The city's new music stores have begun to look like cafes and discos    More

Modern jazz, 60, still youthful  New
In the '40s, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker played furious solos and helped jazz save its soul. A close look at the decade that shaped modern jazz   More

Madras is the place to be
About 60 sabhas present 2,000 concerts this season. It's a staggering choice of live music and lec-dems, not to the forget the hot idli sambar    More

Say hello to the cello
Hello, the latest Prashanth starrer, offers a snazzy violin and cello number in raga Puriya Dhanasri    More

A 24-CD collection is out The Duke who roared against treacly sentimentality
Duke Ellington was fascinated by unusual sounds and even incorporated the lion's roar into his music. A centenary tribute to the jazz master    More

Two ustads and an album
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, who says he's been declining acting offers, is busy composing music for an album of ghazals by Gulzar   More

R D Burman, master composer. SPB sang a concert in his memory in Hyderabad Salaam Pancham
One evening, S P Balasubramanyam sang the R D Burman tunes he loved but never got to sing at the studios    More

A great stylist of tenor sax jazz
Ben Webster was second only to Coleman Hawkins in the swing age. A compilation puts together some of his best numbers    More

The tragedy of Orissa
Homeless: 10 million. Dead: 8,000. Ill: 7 lakh. Roads to be repaired: 10,000 km. Amidst all the gloom, we see a music teacher rescuing her harmonium from the engulfing waters    More

Lata perfume auctions for Rs 3.5 lakh
The Indian government honours the celebrity singer by nominating her member of parliament, and the perfume named after her comes into the market    More

A marriage of musical minds
L Subramaniam, classical violinist, and Kavita Krishnamurthy, Mumbai's top playback singer, tie the knot at a secret ceremony   More

The man who took cassettes everywhere
G Manohar Naidu began his career as a cosmetics salesman and rose to become south India's biggest cassette tycoon    More

Simple treat from a hit team
There's a simple beauty in the songs of Mudhalvan, a movie from the same team that gave you Gentleman   

United we stand, united we sing
Hum Saath Saath Hain comes from the Hum Aapke Hain Koun team. 'Family values' reign not only on screen but in the songs as well   More

Forever in love, forever young
Mohabbat is an essential compilation of Kishore Kumar's romantic songs. Collectors will love it    More

The need for a glossary
The Music Magazine gives comprehensive information about what's happening in India, writes David Resnick, Canadian student of music composing, but could help non-Indians with a glossary    More

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Govind Nihalani ventures into the masala market with Thakshak

Dream girl meets real boy in Mast

Udit Narayan sings for the Kannada hero Upendra

A family ventures into Indipop with Savariya

A unique concert series from Kumar Gandharva in Parivar Parampara

Kannada superstar Rajkumar comes back after six years with Shabdavedhi

Rap, rock and Abhijeet come together in Baadshah

Nayi Disha sets to music poetry from the PM's pen

Nine Nights is a compilation of 'correctly rendered' classical compositions

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